In the first three parts of this five-part series, we’ve covered some key steps to getting started with creating e-learning content for compliance training. Now that you’ve covered the basics to creating compliance-related content (steps one through five), let’s look at some best practices for getting even more out of your compliance-related e-learning program.
Step 6: No need to create when you can curate
The internet is filled with excellent resources on compliance-related topics, from blogs to news sites to online trade magazines. In many cases, you may be able to tap into these valuable resources to save yourself the hard work of creating new content. This is what we call “curating” content. That means directing your learners to online resources where they can easily find the information they need.
How to curate compliance e-learning content
Curating content does not mean simply making a list of links for your learners to click on and access third-party information. As a curator, you need to provide your learners with a brief introduction to each resource you recommend. Be specific about what useful content the learner can expect to find on each website, blog post or online article you link to.
Make sure you carefully read any third-party content that you link to before recommending it to your learners. This way, you can ensure the information is accurate. If you spot errors in the information, make sure to either specify these to your learners, or try looking for a different resource that is more accurate.
Be sure to contextualize the resources you curate. That means including information in your introduction that shows the learner why this resource is useful to them.
Step 7: Build a feedback culture
Feedback is a powerful tool in your e-learning toolkit, especially when dealing with less popular training topics like compliance. Learners naturally want to know where they're going wrong and find out how they can improve their compliance knowledge. Take advantage of this by using test questions in your compliance e-learning courses as an opportunity for offering feedback.
Always make sure your learners understand why the content is relevant. Provide real-life examples that show them how important compliance is, not just on an abstract level, but in practical terms. Offer extensive feedback whenever they answer questions incorrectly.